The Disappearing Republicans: Where Have Bush and Romney Gone?
In today’s Daily Comment, Jeffrey Toobin writes about how the disappearance of Republican presidential candidates from political life in the past couple of decades, aside from John McCain, “reflects a fundamental problem with the contemporary Republican Party.”
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Actually, it reflects the fact that Bush is still unpopular and that losers of general elections tend to fade away. I didn’t hear much recently about George McGovern until he died, and I don’t tend to hear all that much from Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, or Mike Dukakis. Al Gore is in the news, but that is because he has a new book and because he made a fortune selling his failure of a television station to al Jazeera. John Kerry is in the news but that is because he is the secretary of state, and before that, because he was a sitting senator and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
I recognize that the New Yorker likes writing articles whose underlying premise is “Republicans suck,” but life—and politics—is just a wee bit more complicated than that. Of course, leave it to Jeffrey Toobin to fail to understand that.